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Brilliance | [Marcus Sakey]

Brilliance

In Wyoming, a little girl reads people’s darkest secrets. In New York, a man sensing patterns in the stock market racks up $300 billion. In Chicago, a woman can go invisible. They’re called "brilliants," and since 1980, one percent of people have been born this way. Nick Cooper is among them; a federal agent, Cooper has gifts rendering him exceptional at hunting terrorists. His latest target may be the most dangerous man alive, a brilliant drenched in blood and intent on provoking civil war. But to catch him, Cooper will have to violate everything he believes in.
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Publisher's Summary

In Wyoming, a little girl reads people’s darkest secrets by the way they fold their arms. In New York, a man sensing patterns in the stock market racks up $300 billion. In Chicago, a woman can go invisible by being where no one is looking. They’re called "brilliants," and since 1980, one percent of people have been born this way. Nick Cooper is among them; a federal agent, Cooper has gifts rendering him exceptional at hunting terrorists. His latest target may be the most dangerous man alive, a brilliant drenched in blood and intent on provoking civil war. But to catch him, Cooper will have to violate everything he believes in - and betray his own kind.

From Marcus Sakey, "a modern master of suspense" (Chicago Sun-Times) and "one of our best storytellers" (Michael Connelly), comes an adventure that’s at once breakneck thriller and shrewd social commentary; a gripping tale of a world fundamentally different and yet horrifyingly similar to our own, where being born gifted can be a terrible curse.

©2013 Marcus Sakey (P)2013 Brilliance Audio

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    Byron Holloway 04-20-14 Member Since 2006
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    "This is the X-Men... A few exceptionals emerge"
    What did you love best about Brilliance?

    My favorite quote. When we have "the talk" with our daughter we are going to tell her that sex is between one a man and an woman in love unless one of those is a rich twist then I will tell her to remember best effort... (I garbled the quote but I laughted out loud)


    Any additional comments?

    It was like X-Men. A few exceptional people begin to arise. Us VS Them always stands out....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Madison, WI, United States 04-04-14
    Mary Madison, WI, United States 04-04-14 Member Since 2013
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    "I get the point, already!"

    This was a good story and a good read. I would have liked to give it four stars.

    But the author doesn't trust the reader to get the point. He hits the reader over the head with it, over and over again. It's like the Holocaust (boink!). It's like making the Jews wear a yellow star (boink!). It's like the WWII Japanese internment camps (boink!). It's like racism (boink!). It's like homophobia (boink!). And then I read an article he wrote and he also says it's about autism.

    By doing this, he disrespects the reader and adds a falseness to the story. He's not black. He's not gay. He's not Japanese. He's not autistic. (I don't know if he's Jewish, but even if he is, he grew up in America and never had to wear a yellow star!)

    It's always risky to tell a story not your own. But, hey, that's what fiction is. But then just tell the story and trust the reader to make her or his own connections and comparisons.

    The narrator was okay, but not my favorite. He only had one alternate voice other than Cooper's and it was rather annoying.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Lake Havasu City, AZ, United States 12-17-13
    Debbie Lake Havasu City, AZ, United States 12-17-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent!"

    Once I started listening, I couldn't stop - totally pulled me into the story. I can see this book being made into a movie! The narrator spoke a little too fast at times, but otherwise was fine. Totally enjoyed listening to this one!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Tania Papamoa, New Zealand 10-20-13
    Tania Papamoa, New Zealand 10-20-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Overly simplistic characters"
    What did you like best about Brilliance? What did you like least?

    Slow starting but started to enjoy it after a while. Didn't like the main character much - why would he think his child should escape testing when no one else's does? Once I got past the pretty stereotypical characters, I enjoyed it more.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Reginald Hill


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance was good. I don't think I would have finished it without the narrator


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I would get it out on DVD not pay to see it in a movie theatre


    Any additional comments?

    Social media and the internet aren't mentioned so probably don't exist but I couldn't see how the official versions of events weren't counter-acted anywhere. Surely any brilliant strategiest would use media outlets (even international ones) to release different versions of events and perhaps those media would interview witnesses whose stories conflict with official versions? Pretty big weakness in the story I reckon.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    adrienne EAGLE RIVER, AK, United States 10-11-13
    adrienne EAGLE RIVER, AK, United States 10-11-13 Member Since 2009

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "What is your point?"

    Good guys, bad guys, brilliants, normals, isolation, inclusion. I am left wondering what to take away from this one. It's almost a dystopian story. It is believable, evidently localized to the US, and, I guess, is the forerunner to a big social upheaval.

    Luke Daniels, as always, does a fine job narrating.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 08-28-13 Member Since 2014

    Why must finding a solo book (not part of a series) be so very hard? WHO is writing stand-alone-story-that-wraps-up-cleanly books? I'll buy

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    "Luke Daniels, awesome performer."

    Brilliance is a good story, made better by the reader. (Except for the female laugh, Mr. Daniels, work on that ... make it less nasal, more throaty.) The plot gusted a bit toward X-men, but nonetheless, I was able to get into the narrative in my head, and live it along with the characters.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Greg C Discovery Bay, California 08-14-13
    Greg C Discovery Bay, California 08-14-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Outstanding ! Great listen"
    If you could sum up Brilliance in three words, what would they be?

    Well worth your time


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked the ' good ' characters and despised the villains in this story


    What does Luke Daniels bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Excellent narration. Female characters can be difficult and he did a good job with them.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It definitely held my interest. The last hour was thrilling.


    Any additional comments?

    Story line was excellent with interesting characters. I am checking out more of this authors work

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    LaVonne BRENTWOOD, TN, United States 07-18-13
    LaVonne BRENTWOOD, TN, United States 07-18-13 Member Since 2014

    Say something about yourself!

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    Would you consider the audio edition of Brilliance to be better than the print version?

    Did not see the print


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nick, the main character, pulls all the other characters into the story with a fierce force.


    What does Luke Daniels bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Excellent narrator! He handled each character with distinction and enthusiasm.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Neither, it worried me as to the possibility of this happening with government ever growing!!


    Any additional comments?

    Got this book on sale and one of the best in my 540 book library!!!! Want more of the author, narrator and sales!!!!!

    10 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Dana 07-20-13
    Dana 07-20-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Well done."

    Marcus Sakey did an excellent job weaving this story based in an alternate version of now.. I truly enjoyed it all the way through. And, I'm ready for more.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Packer Backer SNOWFLAKE, AZ, United States 06-09-14
    Packer Backer SNOWFLAKE, AZ, United States 06-09-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Not so brilliant....."

    A lot of my audio rating depends on language- I prefer it clean- and this one does NOT measure the test. If you are on a trip with kids, this one is not for their ears.

    I found the concept of the story very interesting, I enjoyed the characters and thought the plot moved at a pretty good pace for a thriller novel. The story could have benefited, I felt from a little more background into what was the cause of the 'brilliant' phenomenon.

    The reader was good, but I did not care for his performance, chalk it up to personal preference.

    This is not an audio I would listen to again.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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